When: 24th June 2018 – 20:30 IST
Where: Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg
Head To Head
Japan: 0 wins (0%)
Senegal: 2 wins (67%)
Draws: 1 (33%)
Japan: L L L W W (decent form)
Senegal: D D L W W (decent form)
Previous Match’s Playing XI
Eiji Kawashima (GK), Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo, Makato Hasebe (C), Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui, Yuya Osako
Probable Changes: Keisuke Honda in for Haraguchi. The left-footed free-kick specialist set up Osako’s goal and had a big impact in the game. Expect him to start in place of Haraguchi, who had a poor outing against Colombia.
Khadim N’Diaye (GK), Moussa Wague, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Alfred N’Diaye, Idrissa Gueye, Sadio Mane (C), Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, M’baye Niang
K Honda: His bruised thigh could keep him out of the game, having suffered the slight knock after coming on against Colombia in Japan’s first game.
Eiji-Kawashima: The veteran Goal-keeper will make sure that he gets a clean sheet this time. Having said that, Senegal will be eager to exploit his weakness to the crosses.
Idrissa Gueye: The Everton star is one of the main players for Senegal. Gueye’s weakness is that he tends to make more fouls than anyone in the team. The 28 years old has improved a lot in the recent times though.
Saliou Ciss: The Valenciennes defender was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury and will be missing the entirety of the World Cup.